Bulletin #11 – São Paulo Out of Reach


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Bulletin #11. São Paulo Out of Reach by Claudio Zecchi


São Paulo, Out Of Reach/São Paulo, Fora De Alcance. A proposal by Claudio Zecchi
• Artist contributions by: Luiza Baldan, Fernanda Grigolin, Daniel Albuquerque, Thiago Barbalho, Theodore + Giulia, Iulia Nistoe, Melissa Stabile, Thomas Perroteau, Jonathan Murphy, Flora Rebollo, Sabrina Duran, Pia Eikaas, Bruno de Almeida, Laura Sobral, Pablo Accinelli, Alexandre da Cunha, Tuca Vieira, Mauro Restiffe, Letícia Lampert, Guilherme Wisnik, Sérgio Miguel Franco, Micaela Altamirano, Bruno Rodrigues, Victor de la Rosa, Fábio Vieira/FotoRua, colectivo casadalapa, César Meneghetti, Carolina Abreu, Thiago Carrapatoso, Lucas Simões.

This is the last chapter of a project that goes under the name of Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment, an independent research investigating the relationship between Art and the Public Sphere in a state of cultural nomadism. The title São Paulo Out Of Reach originates from a 2012 exhibition by Brazilian artist Mauro Restiffe at Instituto Moureira Salles in Rio de Janeiro; a statement that points out very clearly the impossibility of reaching, defining and understanding the city in just one gaze. This chapter is dedicated to the city of São Paulo and mainly focuses on its Architecture and Urbanism through a multidisciplinary extension that involves visual artists, curators, researchers, architects, urban planners, anthropologists, and journalists. Each contribution stands by itself, but at the same time it’s part of an extensive and complex narrative that tries to process the city in its different scales. This text, in a spontaneous and chaotic movement, follows the order in which the contributions have been sent over. This is therefore just a proposal: one of the possible readings.

About the author:
Claudio Zecchi is an independent curator whose field of research aims at investigating a new vision and reading of the public sphere by exploring the mutual relationship different practices – artistic, curatorial, institutional, and more – entertain with the territory and its local communities. Over the years, he developed medium- and long-term multidisciplinary projects that aim at generating, encouraging and nurturing a dialogue in a continued dialectical tension between different forms of thought, processes and practices. In 2014 he started a research called Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment (Milan 2014, New York 2015, Nottingham 2016, São Paulo 2017), a project that originates from the need to reconsider, from a discursive approach, over ten years of investigation on the relationship between Art and the Public Sphere. Conceived as long-term, his research surveys different territories. The outcome has been always different. So far, he investigated the concept of activism (Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan); the role that artists, curators and institutions (and institutional models) perform in our society at large (Residency Unlimited, NYC); the topic of language (New Art Exchange, Nottingham); and the topic of architecture and urban planning (Pivô Pesquisa, São Paulo, BRA). From 2006 until 2013, he was co-curator of the Cantieri d’Arte Public Art Project. He co-curated the 16th Young Mediterranean Biennial (Ancona, IT 2013), Disorder (Nottingham, UK 2012), and La Ville Ouverte (Casablanca, Viterbo and Genoa, MOR/IT 2011-2012). He gave lectures and talks at École du Magasin, Grenoble (FR) (2016); University of Pisa (IT) (2016); IDEAS – Activating a Creative Workforce, Louisville, Kentucky (USA) (2015).

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